Veggie Mac and Cheese

Total Time:
45 mins
8 cups
Veggie Mac and Cheese
Andy Lyons


  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

  • 8 ounce dried whole grain elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)

  • 1 cup sliced carrots

  • 1 cup green beans cut into 1-inch pieces

  • cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 cup small broccoli florets

  • 1 ¾ cup fat-free milk

  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon black pepper

  • 3 ounce reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)

  • 1 ½ teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 2 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-style four cheese blend (8 oz.)

  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Preheat broiler. In a bowl stir together panko and paprika.

  2. In a large saucepan cook the next four ingredients (through onion) according to package directions for macaroni, except omit salt; add broccoli the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain. Return cooked macaroni and vegetables to hot saucepan; keep warm.

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan whisk together milk, flour, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in cream cheese and mustard until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in shredded cheese until melted.

  4. Immediately pour cheese mixture over macaroni mixture; toss gently to coat. Spoon into a 2 1/2- to 3-quart oval baking dish. Sprinkle panko mixture over macaroni mixture. Lightly coat panko mixture with cooking spray. Broil 4 to 6 inches from the heat 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
8g Fat
34g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 495mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 20.3mg 102%
Calcium 512mg 39%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 321mg 7%
Folate, total 48.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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